state of healing

I am in a constant state of healing
which means
I am in a constant state of learning
what’s good for me
what’s bad for me
who can take me from where I am
to where I need to be
who can help me define
what I need to be

which means
the road ahead will be bumpy
I will need resiliency
I will need loyalty
I will need bravery

which means
I need some healing
some way to sooth me
a place to go when I’m empty
a place that sustains my soul

which means
I need someone that will
challenge me
learn with me
grow with me

— glb

Back to Photography

I need to become reacquainted with my camera.  For years and years I have had a camera with me wherever I go.  Then last fall sometime I left it at home and I haven’t picked it up since.  Part of me feels a bit freer without it.  I don’t feel the need to constantly click the shutter and document my surroundings.  In 2012, we drove across country from Sacramento, CA to Southport, NC.  We took approximately 15 days and stopped in Salt Lake City, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons National Park, Devil’s Tower, Mount Rushmore, The Badlands, Blacksburg, VA (Home of my Alma Mater) and a couple of other places that slip my mind right now.  On that trip I took about 2,275 pictures.  That includes pictures of poppies in front of my cousin’s house in Utah
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The Grand Tetons
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The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
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An Elk in Yellowstone
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A bison in Yellowstone
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A geyser in Yellowstone (ready to go off)
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There are a lot more and I will post them at some other time.

On that same trip, my dad took somewhere on the order of 17 Billion pictures.  Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration but he did take more than I did.  You see, it’s in my blood.  My grandfather (dad’s father) had a darkroom in his house.  My dad had a darkroom in our house when I was growing up.  In the age of digital, I don’t need a darkroom, just a computer with the right programs loaded on it.  It’s in our blood.  I need to figure out where my desire to take pictures went and how to get it back.  I don’t know that I’ll return to taking a zillion pictures per outing, but I would like to take a few.